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As part of the preparation for Habitat III, Cities Alliance and the N’AERUS) established three working groups to provide recommendations for policy and research for the New Urban Agenda.
As part of the preparation for Habitat III, Cities Alliance and the Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N’AERUS) established three working groups – for informality, governance, and housing and planning – to provide recommendations for policy and research for the New Urban Agenda.
N-AERUS Recommendations for the New Urban Agenda presents those recommendations. They include:
Informality. Acknowledge the lack of capacity or willingness of ‘formal’ state, international agency and private sector organisations to provide for the needs of large sectors of the population; define achieving the right to the city and equality as a key urban policy focus; produce policies that acknowledge and consider the existence of informality, and accommodate for an evolving definition of informality in both research and practice; and emphasise the role of local authorities.
Governance. Policy: Devise flexible, adaptive policy frameworks that are participative and ensure inclusion; support learning institutions capable of developing and furnishing capacities to address urban challenges, that are adaptable to a variety of local contexts; and seek a balance of power in which there is equilibrium among public, private and societal interests.
Research: Promote research that provides evidence-based knowledge on specific urban conditions and transformations to create a better understanding of challenges, explores how development actions can successfully achieve sustainable goals at all levels, and builds the capacity of citizens in all positions and institutions.
Housing. Policy: Treat housing as a comprehensive social, economic, and cultural process that is a fundamental component of urban co-production and planning, transcending the formal/ informal binary; regulate land and housing markets by identifying stakeholders who validate and reinforce change; and make housing an integral part of urban development in terms of planning and design, based on the paradigm of mixed use, high-density and connected urban tissue.
Research: Acknowledge postcolonial theory and decolonising knowledge methodologies to help us understand how cities can develop, and use comparative research to scope the value and applicability of urban models; promote research policy and funding programmes that stress comprehensive frameworks and social justice; and acknowledge the importance of a political economic perspective to deepen insight into how different stakeholders influence housing markets and planning standards.